Uniting optometry and ophthalmology through collaborative research
UnEYEted, a pilot grant program jointly funded by The Ohio State University College of Optometry and Department of Ophthalmology, helps unite optometry and ophthalmology through collaborative research. Each year, short presentations highlight research conducted by the two units in order to inspire collaborative work that will advance vision science at Ohio State. In addition, UnEYEted provides small funds for collaborative research that may ultimately lead to large-scale, externally funded research.
This year’s winners, Kimberly Weisenberger, OD, MS, assistant professor of clinical optometry, and Sayoko Moroi, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, received funds for their project, Characterizing IOP Variation Beyond Clinic Hours in the Real World. This projects aims to compare ‘in office’ to ‘at home’ intraocular pressure readings to determine whether iCare HOME (a tonometer that allows intraocular pressures of ocular hypertension and open angle glaucoma patients to be measured outside of the clinical setting) will provide information that better characterizes peak IOPs experience by patients. Initial results from this project will be presented at UnEYEted 2021.